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Commuter Benefits 2019

Whether you take the train, bus, subway, vanpool, or park at the train station, Tufts’ Commuter Benefit Program allows you to set aside funds on a pre-tax and post-tax basis for transit and parking expenses.

Commuter Benefit FAQs

Commuter Benefit Program

To participate in this program, you must be a benefits-eligible employee. Once you enroll in the commuter benefit, you will receive an EBPA benefits debit card to pay for certain commuting costs through pre-tax payroll deductions. This benefit is sponsored by the university and administered by EBPA.

Once enrolled, you can use your commuter benefit in one of two ways. You can use the debit card to cover the cost of eligible transit passes and parking expenses. Or you can purchase a transit pass or pay for parking directly and file for reimbursement through EBPA.

If you work on any Tufts campus in Massachusetts, you are eligible to receive a transit subsidy as an incentive to use public transportation. The subsidy for the Boston and Fenway campuses covers 35% of the cost of public transportation, up to a maximum of $50 per employee per month. The subsidy for the Medford and Grafton campuses covers 35%, up to a $40 maximum per employee per month. The subsidy is reflected in your payroll deduction and applied to the pre-tax amount of your commuter transit election.

How to Enroll

Enroll on the EBPA website by the 4th of the month for commuter benefits for the following month.

  • Select the sign-in button under Member Access.
  • Enter Tufts University as the employer and submit.
  • Select Enroll or Change Your Monthly Parking and Transit Election
  • Complete the Election/Change form agreement
  • A confirmation will be sent to the email address you provide

Enrollments will be recurring on a month-to-month basis until you make a change or cancel your election on the EBPA website. All changes must be made by the 4th of the month and will become effective on the 1st of the following month.

  • Existing employees: All changes must be made by the 4th of the month and will become effective on the 1st of the following month.
  • New employees: If your hire date (or newly benefit eligible date) is after the 20th of the month, your ability to enroll by the next 4th of the following month will be contingent on the completion of your new-hire processing.

Monthly Pre-Tax Limits

The Internal Revenue Service sets limits on pre-tax dollars for commuting expenses. If your commuting expenses exceed the IRS limit, you can use pre-tax dollars up to the designated amount and pay for the rest with taxed income. 

The 2019 pre-tax limits are:

  • Parking: $265 per month
  • Transit/Vanpool: $265 per month

Get the EBPA Mobile App

For More Information

How to enroll in and use the commuter benefit:
EBPA website
1-800-258-7298 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST)

For public transportation maps, schedules and fares:
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
617-222-3200 (Monday- Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Carpooling to Tufts with miles2share

miles2share

Starting March 2019, Tufts joined the miles2share network to connect riders and drivers on all of our campuses. miles2share connects people with overlapping routes and enables users to share rides to and from campus, meetings, daily commutes, and more. Find out more and download the app here.

Emergency Ride Home (for Medford and Grafton employees)

Tufts ERH program supports Tufts employees who use low-carbon transportation with a free ride if an unexpected emergency arises. It is “commuter insurance” for those who carpool, take transit, bicycle, walk or vanpool to work. Participants simply take a taxi (through Lyft) in the event of an emergency, submit a reimbursement request afterwards (within 30 days), and Tufts will reimburse the individual for the cost of getting home. Find out more and register for Emergency Ride Home here.

Guaranteed Ride Home (for Boston and SMFA employees)

Tufts Boston and SMFA campuses are a member of A Better City Transportation Management Association (ABC TMA), an independent non-profit working to address employee transportation issues and improve air quality and traffic in Boston. ABC TMA provides incentives and programs that encourage employees to take public transit, carpool, vanpool, bike and/or walk to work. Since Tufts Boston is a member of the ABC TMA, staff and students are eligible to participate in the programs:

The Guaranteed Ride Home program enables you to receive up to 6 free rides home a year in case of emergency, unscheduled overtime, or illness if you use public transport, car/vanpool, bike, or walk to work at least twice a week. Register for the program here.

More information on benefits for sustainable commuting.

Zipcar Discount

Tufts students, faculty, and eligible staff can sign up for Zipcar discounted membership fees and rates for cars to drive by the hour or the day.

Learn more on the Tufts Public Safety website.